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22573e. Gay Head Lighthouse Sand Jar c.1910.

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22573e. Gay Head Lighthouse Sand Jar c.1910.

22573e. Gay Head Lighthouse Sand Jar c.1910. Edward Rowe Snow noted in his Famous New England Lighthouses, that “of the many keepers who have served at gay Head Light, none has been more popular or more willing to show the visitor around the lighthouse grounds than Keeper Charles Wood Vanderhoop….Keeper Vanderhoop probably took one-third of a million visitors to the top of Gay Head Light to see the wonderful view….” To earn additional income, Keeper Vanderhoop and his family produced this clear glass replica of the old Gay Head lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard . The words “Gay Head Light” are molded on the front of this lighthouse souvenir, and on the bottom “Charles W Vanderhoop Keeper Retired” (Later pieces did not have this marking.) Keeper Vanderhoop filled this container with the colorful clay sands from the Cliffs at Gay Head, their colorful layers swirled around to form an impressive pattern and corked on the bottom. The jar measures 6” tall by 2” diameter at the base. Still completely intact and with beautiful sand pattern, the container remains one of the more sought after commemorative pieces made by area light keepers. Nicely intact, little if any wear. Extremely difficult to find. Bottom with original cork and added cardboard bottom glued on. (VG+). $385.